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Chasing Winter

With the official start of springtime today, I can officially say I’ve made the most of winter.  After several snowy stateside trips and a last-minute ski-day, I’m done and ready for spring to begin. It’s been a good one though winter 2017—not too cold and not an overwhelming amount of snow. Just enough, with a few times to go sledding and get caught in some … Continue reading Chasing Winter

North Dakota Sunset

2016: Making Moves

While on a global scale 2016 was a pretty tumultuous year, personally, it was also a pretty big year of changes and big moves. I was lucky to be able to travel most months of the year and managed to check-off all the clichés on the young traveler’s list of being 25, quitting my job, moving out of the city, moving back with my parents, … Continue reading 2016: Making Moves

Outdoor Adventures in Innsbruck

November turned out to be pretty chaotic, but before starting on the next adventures, I wanted to look back to my trip to Innsbruck, Austria at the end of October. Innsbruck is the regional capital of Tirol in the Western part of Austria. Close to Germany and known for its location in the Alps, Tirol has a more down-to-earth and traditional feel than the region … Continue reading Outdoor Adventures in Innsbruck

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Poslední Před Nakonec*

Although I thought this week would feature much more time to relax after the stress of last week, I found myself really busy and the time definitely flew by. However, it hasn’t really hit me yet that I’m leaving in one week. Although many of my meetings with people this week have been “the lasts,” I still have the feeling like I will see everyone … Continue reading Poslední Před Nakonec*

Brno View from the Top of the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul

Visits and Adventures

May has meant official “spring” weather in Znojmo. The week I returned from Copenhagen was rainy and chilly, although apparently this is an annual event related to saints and like St. Martin’s Day in November, it signals the official coming of warm weather and the time to plant your flowers (according to Jana). Then, last week was sunny, gorgeous, and HOT! It was perfect for the … Continue reading Visits and Adventures

Austria Countryside

10 Days, 6 Cities, 4 Countries, 1 Car

Ask almost any European and they will say that Americans who come to Europe tend to be huge overachievers. To us, everything on this continent seems so close. So why wouldn’t we try to see as many places on this diverse continent as possible? For Easter break, my lovely mother, stepdad, and sister visited to accomplish a whirlwind sightseeing tour of Central Europe. My adventure … Continue reading 10 Days, 6 Cities, 4 Countries, 1 Car

Znojmo Skyline

Flashback Flash-forward

This week I had another great Znojmo and traveling week (do I sound like a broken record yet?). It’s hard to believe how fast time is flying and that the things that I had planned so far in advance are now happening and becoming the past. Even scarier is that the official three-months to go mark is approaching tomorrow. Znojmo really has become home, and … Continue reading Flashback Flash-forward

Map of Castles Czech Austrian

One Really Long Solo Holiday

Last week while practicing conditional statements with my students, one worksheet prompted: would you travel on holiday by yourself? I think most people would tend to look at this question and immediately answer “no.” Most of my students did and until this experience I probably would have said the same. However, in reality, my experience here is like one long trip to a small and … Continue reading One Really Long Solo Holiday

Sunset Panorama Alps

A Central European Holiday

Ok so now that the holidays have settled down I will do a small recap of my winter break from school and the culmination of the Christmas holiday. The school “semester” ended with a marathon of American Christmas lessons to 12 classes of jaded students, anxious to just be done with school already. I wore my Santa hat and proceeded to try and make Czech … Continue reading A Central European Holiday

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2013: My Year in Travels

In honor of the New Year and before I recap my winter holiday, I would like to dedicate this post to a reflection of my year through the amazing travels I have had. The past year for me has been one of great learning experiences, primarily brought about by experiences through traveling. As much as I traveled during my semester abroad in 2012, my international … Continue reading 2013: My Year in Travels